Fairuz returned to Cartage after more than thirty years (since Summer 1968) to enchant the thirteen thousand who gathered from all over Tunisia to see and listen to her. Even with precautions, there was no way to prevent such a traffic jam, the cars looked like a bracelet around the 'Palace of Exhibitions' where the concert was held. Fairuz had been in Tunis for some days rehearsing. The show was live, no playback. Fairuz sang twenty songs including 'Jaibly Salam', 'Nassem Alina Alhawa', 'Oudak Ranan' ,'Nehna we Alamar Jiran', 'Ya Hala Ya Hala Ana We Yak', 'Zourouni', 'Tethakor Akher Mara' and 'Bokra Terja Baedo Akid'. After every two or three songs, Fairuz would leave the stage for her band to perform folklore dances using swords and guns or sing old songs. During the last songs all of the audience was listening while standing up. Whenever Fairuz was leaving, they ask for more and she returns overwhelmed by the applause.|
Fairuz was given the highest cultural award early Sunday in the presidential palace of Cartage by the Tunisian president Zain ElAbedeen Ben Ali. He said that the reason why they were honoring her was because of her greatness in the Arabic music and because of the peace and tolerance which her songs promote. He also showed his gratitude for her art and her position as a sun in the Arabic Music.
Source: Alhayat. Issue 13040. Monday. 16 November 1998. Back Page.